Who doesn’t like to show off their best body. It’s funny because most people yearn for having their hard work at the gym acknowledged and make everyone else jealous. Male or female, it doesn’t matter.
Everyone is a beginner. I thought I would break some things down and help you figure out what you’re supposed to be paying attention to and what you’re supposed to ignore.
1. Diet is key!
If eating clean and working out didn’t go hand in hand more people would be in amazing shape. One of the biggest myths is that diet really doesn’t play a role into creating the physique that you want.
Guess what? Candy, soda, chips, etc are not good for you. But you know that already. If you really want toned abs give that stuff up….for good! The days of refined carbohydrates like cakes, cookies, pies, donuts and the like are behind you. Focus on tracking your food intake to make sure you are getting GOOD carbs.
Here is a list 30 HEALTHY carbs
- Oatmeal (old fashioned or Steel Cut)
- Yams (almost same as sweet potatoes)
- Brown rice (love basmati, a long grain rice)
- Sweet potatoes
- Multi grain hot cereal (mix or barley, oats, rye, triticale, and a few others)
- White potatoes with skin (glycemic index be damned!)
- 100% whole wheat bread
- 100% whole wheat pasta
- Beans and lentils (great for healthy chili recipes)
- Cream of rice hot cereal
- Butternut squash
- Fresh beets
- Salad greens
- Peppers (green and red)
- Green beans
2. Workout Smart!
Spot training doesn’t work, I repeat “spot training doesn’t work.” There’s just no such thing. You need to train the ENTIRE body to get to your desirable body shape. Your body moves together as a system. You need to ensure that the system in question moves in a certain way.
It’s going to take time and making sure you mix up your workout program. Strength training should be high on your list of “must do’s.” Make sure to add in dead lifts, cleans, snatch lifts, squats (with weight) and plenty of curls and flies.
3. Get some sleep!
It’s super important to get the right amount of rest. We’re talking about the basics: 8-10 good hours of sleep in a very dark room along with lots of down time. Stress ruins your progress, just like poor eating does.
Just follow these basic steps and you are on the road to finally getting the body you’ve always wanted!
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